BORN TODAY: in Austin, Texas – Alan Lomax, “one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century… also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activitist, oral historian and film-maker” [Wikipedia].
Eastern Front: At Bolimow, the German ninth army launches 18,000 gas laden artillery shells against Russian troops, but sub-zero temperatures neutralise the gas which is dispersed without harm. The Russians, unaware, do not report the gas attack to thier allies. [Burg & Purcell].
Middle East: Forces of the Idrisid Emir of Asir (now south west Saudi Arabia) occupy the Farasan Islands in the Red Sea.
Leisure: and love: New Zealand farmer and diarist George Adkin enjoys a summer’s afternoon of photography, and the company of his beloved fiance, Maud, “my sweet softie”.